I find during this time of year I like to remind myself what I like about winter. It helps me to get through the last few weeks until spring.
I like walking in the snow at night while large fluffy flakes are falling and catching the light from street lamps as they fall. The world seems so quiet and so magical.
I like cuddling up with a cup of tea and a blanket and watching classic movies or reading a good book on a cold Sunday afternoon.
I like how cute and cuddly small children look in their snowsuits. They look like little snow people as they waddle about.
I like making snow angels.
I like watching dog owners try to coax their pets to walk a little further over the snow.
I like wearing sweaters.
I like sitting in front of a roaring fire with a great glass of wine and good friends.
I like going to the gym and looking out the window at the snow while I exercise.
I like the crunching sound my tires make as they drive over the snow.
I like cooking up a pot of soup for lunch that warms you from the inside out.
I like eating roasted root vegetables and hearty stews.
What do you like about winter?
Here is a hearty winter soup to warm you from the inside out:
Carrot and Parsnip Soup
Make 6 servings
1 ½ tbsp. unsalted butter
1 onion chopped
4 large parsnips, peeled and chopped
5 large carrots, peeled and chopped
6 cups chicken stock
4 cups water
2 tsp. Maple syrup
1 tsp. fresh thyme
½ cup plain yogurt
1 ½ tbsp. chopped Italian parsley
Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add butter and melt. Add onions and cook until softened, stirring occasionally.
Turn heat up. Add the stock, water, carrots and parsnips and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat and cook until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.
Use a hand blender to puree the soup until smooth. Add thyme and maple syrup and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer soup for another 5 minutes.
Ladle soup into bowls, top with 1 tsp. of yogurt and garnish with parsley.